Job Posting 79365

Emergency Planner
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed yesterday (Thu, 27 Jan)
full time - term / contract  •  65,000-75,000



Term Position / Full-time / 35hr work week / to March 31, 2023


As the umbrella organization for 25 Friendship Centres across BC, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is seeking a skilled and motivated individual to help build emergency response and business continuity plans, and support ongoing training pertaining to emergency preparedness and response. The BCAAFC works collaboratively to promote and deliver accessible programs and services that target urban Indigenous peoples in order to support their vision of health and wellness. This position is based on funding through to March 31st, 2023.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a business continuity plan for the BCAAFC, prepare written reports to the General Manager on ongoing business continuity and emergency response plan development
  • Support provincial and regional engagement, research, programming, and advocacy in regards to emergency preparedness in urban Indigenous communities, staying up-to-date on relevant grassroots community concerns
  • Research emergency and disaster needs within Friendship Centres and the BCAAFC, develop response plans, support systems, and training programs/modules to be coordinated and conducted for staff and membership as required
  • Develop partnerships with EMBC, Canadian Red Cross, and other disaster response partners to support the Friendship Centres in learning about EMBC, Emergency Social Services and their own internal emergency-response potentials
  • Help support ongoing climate crisis work in regards to emergency preparedness, and the increasing impacts of climate emergencies in our urban Indigenous communities
  • Take part in disaster preparedness exercises as recommended by the General manager,
  • Assist with grant applications and project management activities relating to emergency preparedness, and support the work of the BCAAFC OH/S Committee
  • Respond as required outside regular office hours for emergency and disaster response needs at the BCAAFC


Knowledge and Abilities

  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, and perspectives, and understanding of barriers faced by urban/off-reserve Indigenous peoples
  • Experience in Emergency Social Services, Business Continuity, Occupational Health & Safety
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including developing or editing reports, proposals, presentations and correspondence
  • Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines
  • Thorough understanding of BCERMS and Incident Command experience an asset
  • Knowledge of four pillars of emergency management
  • Ability to collaborate and work on a team, and autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Preferred experience engaging or working with provincial and/or federal ministries such as EMBC, and ISC



  • 4 years experience working in emergency response, with ideally 1 year of direct response experience
  • Certificate or degree in Emergency Management preferred
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous service organizations.
  • Strong PC software skills including experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to make quick and informed decisions to protect the interests of the BCAAFC
  • Must be able to provide a current criminal record check.
  • Valid BC Drivers License.


Position Information:

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be required to work from home due to changing health regulations. The selected individual must have a stable internet connection and telephone/cell-phone. IT services and laptop will be supplied.
  • This position is located at 551 Chatham St in downtown Victoria
  • The workweek is 35 hours, some overtime and travel may be required when restrictions are lifted
  • Ideal start date is February 15th, 2022
  • This position is intended for Indigenous, Inuit or Métis persons only, ensure your cover letter self-identifies ancestry and your experience meeting required skills and experience


The BCAAFC offers benefits once you complete your probationary period. In return for all that you do, you will enjoy:

  • A competitive compensation package, including three weeks paid vacation
  • $65,000 - $75,000 starting salary based on experience
  • Accessible work space including offices and elevators
  • RRSP Matching of up to 5% of annual salary to a max of $5,000
  • Understanding work environment


Please send resume and cover letter to:

Julie Robertson | General Manager



SUBJECT LINE MUST INCLUDE: Emergency Planner Coordinator


DEADLINE: Thursday, January 27th, 2022 AT 12:00PM PST

(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)


Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

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